Misir Wot
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4.5 from 4 votes

Misir Wot

This Misir Wot recipe is a delicious traditional Ethiopian lentil stew that you are sure to love! It's wonderfully earthy, hearty, and is completely vegetarian-friendly!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre


For Finishing


  • Place all ingredients except Niter Kibbeh into a pot that fits inside your Instant Pot and cover the pot.
  • In the liner of the Instant Pot, place 2 cups of water and a trivet. Place the lentils bowl on top of the trivet.
  • Steam with the vent closed for 5 mins, and release pressure quickly.
  • Heat a small saucepan and put in the Niter Kibbeh. Once it melts, add the lentils and a little bit of water and mix well. Let the mixture bubble and thicken a little more, and allow time for it to meld with the Niter Kibbeh (about 4-5 minutes).

For Stovetop

  • Heat a pan and melt the Niter Kibbeh.
  • Sauté onions and garlic in this, and once the onions are slightly browned, add lentils and spices.
  • Add 2/3 cup of water, cover the pan, and cook the lentils until tender and done (about 15 minutes).
  • Remove lid and stir and cook until thickened.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg